Bones of a great story hidden under editing issues

From Ashes (Heathens Ink Book 3)From Ashes by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As has been the case with the first two in this series, the bones of a good story get buried under typos, grammatical errors and mixed up tenses.

I know this won’t matter for most people and it probably only sticks out for me because of my background as a journalist and sub-editor so hopefully they’ll be fixed before release day.

There’s a fair bit of dramady in this one and it’s also relatively low on steam, but the two MCs do have a connection which sparks on page and their relationship gets some good development rather than being chucked into an insta-love situation.

There’s a bit of telling in this one and an odd time jump into the future which is done to fit the timings of the other connected books in the series, but there is a sweet romance at the heart of this story.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Gentle romp through Regency life

The Return of the EarlThe Return of the Earl by Sandra Schwab

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There’s a few things expected when reading a historical romance, especially a Regency one, and for the most part, this one has those.

However, in the first few opening parts of this story the author gets the name wrong of one of Britain’s finest, and most well known, Neo-Classical Georgian architects, Robert Adam when she erroneously gives him an extra S. It’s a minor point for sure but one that should have been spotted in editing and proofing.

Putting that aside though, this is a gentle little romp through country life as a reluctant Earl, still smarting over a perceived slight some 13 years earlier.

Characters were nicely developed though, again, a little bit repetitive in the phrasing when referencing Bryn’s heterochromia and with Bryn calling Con “my Con” all the time. Little bit more variety would have worked well here.

The steam levels are fairly low but the slow burn pays off in the final quarter of the story and the epilogue is lovely and in keeping with the historical setting.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers via NetGalley in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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More than perfect follow up

More Than Luck (Legendary Pairs Book 2)More Than Luck by Casey Cameron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one instantly went onto my winning list when it referenced not just one John Cusack film, Better Off Dead, but then also went on to mention the boombox scene in Say Anything as an example of extremely romantic gestures.
See that there is impeccable taste and so this book had a huge advantage.

That it also lived up to its promise by being a well crafted, much longer exploration of the CCG gaming world Casey Cameron has created was an added bonus.

I loved Lucas’ youthfulness and his harshness and arrogance, but also his vulnerable and hurting parts too. Drey, well this type of gruff, stoic and reticent older guy pushes all my buttons. He was grizzly, a bit of an arse and pure silver fox, with the maturity needed to help Lucas find a level surface to lean against.

Much more steam in this one, some epic phone calls and a lot of sexy talk all made this a real emotion stirrer.

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